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Francisco Balagtas

Francisco Balagtas y de la Cruz, commonly known as Francisco Balagtas and also as Francisco Baltazar, was a prominent Filipino poet during the Spanish colonial period of the Philippines. He is widely considered one of the greatest Filipino literary laureates for his impact on Filipino literature. The famous epic Florante at Laura is regarded as his defining work... Read More

BornFrancisco Balagtas y de la Cruz
April 2, 1788
Bigaa, Bulacan, Captaincy General of the Philippines, Spanish Empire
DiedFebruary 20, 1862 (aged 73)
Udyong, Bataan, Captaincy General of the Philippines, Spanish Empire
OccupationPoetry
LanguageTagalog

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